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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Siemens Healthcare with the Product Leadership Award for Innovative Techniques in Abdominal Imaging
Date:7/22/2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Siemens Healthcare with the 2014 North American Award for Product Leadership. Siemens Healthcare's FREEZEit solution, which employs Siemens' MAGNETOM Aera and Skyra scanners, addresses the need for robust and motion-insensitive imaging. The solution's sophistication and utility in patient care has boosted the evolution of body MRI imaging in the U.S. market.

"Currently, body MR imaging, which is the imaging of the chest, abdomen and pelvis, represents about 10 percent of the MR imaging procedure volume; yet some institutions have experienced a tripling of body referrals within a few years," said Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Nadim Daher. "One of the reasons for their growth was the delivery of rapid, consistent exams that patients could complete even with limited breath-holding capabilities."

Conventional MR imaging is sensitive to motion, whether voluntary (respiratory motion or physical movement by the patient) or involuntary (cardiac motion, bowel motion). Body MR imaging also requires the patient to hold their breath in order to achieve diagnostic image quality; however, children, the elderly or very sick patients find it difficult to comply with the breath-hold commands. Traditional systems also need robust fat suppression to amplify the conspicuity of the vessels and lesions. Furthermore, contrast timing is vital for the characterization of lesions by these systems.

StarVIBE and TWIST-VIBE, the two components of FREEZEit, enable providers to overcome these challenges and expand their body MR referrals beyond computed tomography, the preferred modality up to this point. Referring physicians now have the opportunity to choose imaging modalities without radiation doses, especially in cases such as hemangiomas, fo
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